Monday, March 14, 2011

Closet Organization {Before and After}

       This closet was a mess. Unless a closet is built for little ones, it is so hard NOT to waste a whole bunch of space. And with the prospect of the little guy moving into that room in the next couple of months, that space became prime real estate. I KNEW I could use it better.

So, with my design, and my husband's know-how, we created a perfectly use-able, organized space, with places for shoes, clothes, blankets, out-of-season clothes, the whole bit. Let me show you around.

My favorite thing is these bins. They are canvas and have a sturdy wire frame AND a handy little vinyl pocket to put a label so my kids (and my husband) know where everything goes. (Found them at The Container Store)

I simply took a picture of a few of the items that belong in that particular basket, re-sized them to the pocket size in Photoshop, added text with picnik.com and printed them on card stock.

The main goal here was to manage BOTH kids clothes in ONE closet. That was simply not happening with the way it was before. but this way, Kai has his own bar and a shelf (or two) for his shoes and maybe some clothes or toys. This arrangement added so much space that we actually can't even fill it all up yet! But I'm sure that will change.
See those baskets on the top shelf? This was a system I started years ago when Emmie was only a wee little thing. she kept getting hand-me-downs from friends and family, which was GREAT, but most of them were a size bigger or a season later, so I needed to figure out a way to manage the influx of clothes. Not to mention, I needed an easy place to put all of the clothes that she was so quickly growing out of as well. So I bought her two baskets: one for clothes that she had grown out of and one for clothes that were the next size or season up. When the first basket gets full, I take it up to the attic and put it in it's appropriate Rubbermaid tub (we're...uh...obviously not done having kids yet, so I save ALL of their clothes...). When I find a great deal on end of season clothes, I buy a size bigger for the next year and stick it in the second basket. This is a fool-proof way to keep the clutter off the clothes racks and dresser.

One more look:



Hope you enjoyed the tour! Feeling inspired?? Motivated?? Go conquer a closet!! It feels marvelous! :)

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10 comments:

Grace said...

This totally inspired me! My closet still does not look nearly this nice, since I was doing a re-organization with a budget of zero, and we have more stuff (that we need to keep) than space, but, still my closet looks way nicer than it did. Thanks for the motivation!

kirstin & jordan said...

I LOVE spring cleaning- your closet looks fantastic!!!
:)

Shelly said...

awesome redo! I really love the idea of the baskets for in and out clothes....I have a similar system, but not as organized. Currently, there are random stacks in the closet. You're inspired me!!!

Ixchelle said...

I'm very jealous that you have an organized closet. We need to do that to all of our closets. Thanks for the ideas.

Michelle said...

LOVE IT! I could only imagine having a space like that in my daughters room! Visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!
Have a great day!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Laura said...

That looks terrific and definitely more functional. Way to go!!

Healthy Branscoms said...

You have such an inspiring blog! :) Love it! I became a follower! Erin

www.healthybranscoms.com

Carrie said...

I LOVE canvas bins, too! I'm so glad someone else is obsessed with them like I am ! I just used some MORE to organize my boys' bookshelves. They hold books very nicely, and slide right onto the shelf. Where did you get the larger baskets on the top shelf of the closet?

Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs said...

I'm sad to report that the larger baskets came from my favorite place, A basket factory in GERMANY. Oh, how I wish I could go back for more. I love them. They were only $5 a piece!! unbelievable. But I bet you could find something similar at World Market or such.

Mama2two said...

This is so great. We're about to buy a house that's 41 years old, not much work done to it. Good thing, we can do it to our taste, challenging thing, I need to redo every inch. =) The kids rooms have two closets which is wonderful but right now they each have a pole! =) I will definitely use your design layout!
I too was going to post asking about the baskets, they're great!
Thx for the post!

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